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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 451 (427)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 451
Page 451

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 451

lookout should be maintained for damage caused by fabric moths, carpet, and/or buffalo beetles in corners or under heavy pieces of furniture infrequently moved for cleaning purposes. Moth flakes or effective insecticides may be used to combat these destructive nuisances.

Fly and mosquito control involves the elimination of breeding areas, such as decaying fruit or vegetable matter, garbage, nearby manure piles or stables, swamp land, and stagnant water. A standard kerosene-base oil insecticide applied to the infested areas will usually prove effective.

Termites-These wicked little destroyers which resemble ants, although they are not related to them, also may infest theatre structures. Both the subterranean and dry-wood types are capable of inflicting extensive damage to supporting wood members, base boards, floors, and floor surfaces.

The correction of termite infestation is essentially a problem for the professional exterminator, since effective control may require excavation and chemical treatment of the soil fill under fioors, replacement of damaged beams or girders, and other construction alterations.

RAT AND MOUSE TRACKS ARE OBJECTS OF SEARCH by an exterminator (left) in a pipe tunnel under an auditorium floor. Refuse dropped through

Although, as we have seen, the theatre operator may institute a fair program of pest control on his own initiative, a more eHicient job can be done by a competent exterminating firm which has the experience and the equipment to meet any type of pest problem. In reality, the extermination of rodents, insects, and vermin is a science, and as such should be handled by technicians who have been extensively trained for this work rather than by amateurs.

A professional exterminator employed by a theatre inspects all parts of the house once or twice a month, notes any signs of pest trouble, and treats the affected areas by the most modern and efficient methods. Reputable exterminators are licensed by authorities who realize that certain rodentcides and insecticides are safe only in the hands of trained personnel. In the final analysis, a porter or manager is not a good substitute for a skilled exterminator.

The cost of a professional pest control service is surprisingly moderate and oftentimes cheaper than ffhome-madei, attempts. A contract to service a theatre by the year is the recognized practice, and charges run, broadly speaking, from $7 up per month with the average house

in the range under $20. Since operations include not only the correction of unsanitary conditions which have already arisen, but also the prevention of any other developments, the cost is quite nominal for the protection afforded.

Any theatre operator who considers engaging an exterminating concern would do well to consult at least two concerns and weigh the offers of each carefully before making a decision. The organization which he chooses should have a good reputation for satisfactory performance and fair business dealings, be factual and dignified in its advertising, and be pledged to maintain sound technical and business standards.

A firm selected on the basis of performance and responsibility is likely to be a member of a local, state, or the National Pest Control Association. As such, it has access to authentic information and modern scientific methods and is sworn to maintain high standards of service.

Any questions on pest control problems may be forwarded to the NPCA in care of THEATRE CATALOG or addressed directly to the organizations headquarters at 30 Church St., New York 7, N. Y.

air vents is a natural attraction for rodents. RIGHT: An operator inspects insects and rodents behind a candy counter and drink vending machine.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 451